180 Main Street
Andover, MA 01810
Andover, MA 01810
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12, PG | 1122 students
In one of the first fully digital language learning laboratories in the United States, students at Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., can work at one of 40 work stations, practicing language drills, viewing foreign language films, using the Internet and working on assignments assisted by faculty or independently. Andover offers six modern and two ancient languages.
Through a vast music program, students at Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., receive instruction in instruments ranging from violin and French horn to African drums and bagpipes, as well as in voice and music theory. The 100-plus member Academy Symphony Orchestra is one of 14 musical ensembles.
In the $28 million Gelb Science Center opened in January 2004 at Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., the emphasis is on doing science. In Andover's molecular biology course (pictured), students do original research with recombinant DNA.
Renowned guest lecturers and artists visit Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., frequently and participate in intimate master classes with students. Here Grammy award-winning jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis demonstrates his technique for the Phillips Academy Jazz Band.
The crowd cheers at the Andover vs. Exeter football game, the nation's oldest high school football rivalry. Phillips Academy offers one of the most extensive programs of interscholastic and recreational sports to be found at any secondary school, including 22 interscholastic sports, as well as a variety of recreational offerings, including swimming, fencing, yoga, dance and Ultimate Frisbee.
Students and teachers gather in Commons, a central dining hall where several entrees, a pasta bar and salad bar, and homemade bread and soup are available daily.
"Students come to Andover for outstanding teaching and curriculum, unparalleled resources and to be part of a diverse, dynamic community of learners preparing to lead responsible and fulfilling lives.
Education Week calls Andover "the quintessential boarding school [which] has remained true to its mission of building character while preparing students for college." .
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- Review #1 - Class of 2013Yale University Andover is pretty big for a boarding school so one thing that Andover has makes it special are clusters. There. . .
- Review #2 - Class of 2009Harvey Mudd College Andover has made me realize how precious each moment is, no matter how mundane, tedious, or tiring it may seem. . .
- Review #3 - Class of 2009Wesleyan University One aspect that sets Andover apart is the immense alumni network. I'm merely one year removed from Andover, but there. . .
- Review #4 - Class of 2008Johns Hopkins Andover's vibrant, diverse, and intelligent community of students definitely sets it apart. I have made friends hailing from Hong Kong. . .
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Listed among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 324 schools) for:
- Category Attribute
- Community Size Large student body (number of students)
- Diversity High percentage of students of color
- School Resources Large financial endowment
- School Resources Highest endowment/student
- Selectivity Low acceptance rates
- Offering Breadth Most sports offered
- Offering Breadth Most extracurriculars offered
- Offering Breadth High # of AP/advanced courses offered
- Student Test Scores High average SAT scores
- School History Oldest founding date
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2016 School Data
|Phillips Academy||Boarding School Avg.|
|School Focus||College Prep||College Preparatory|
|Grades Offered||9-12, PG||9-12|
|Campus Size||500 acres||110 acres|
|Enrollment||1122 students||295 students|
|% Students of Color||
|% International Students||
|% Students Boarding||
|Average SAT Score||2112||* National Avg. »View|
|Average ACT score||31||*National Avg. » View|
|Offers Post-Grad Year||Yes||No|
Academics and Faculty
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual||Casual|
|Average Class Size||13 students||12
*National School Avg. » 20
|Teacher : Student Ratio||1:5||1:7|
|# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered||70||16|
|ESL Courses Offered||No||Yes|
|% Faculty with Advanced Degree||
|Summer Program Offered||Yes||Yes|
|Endowment Size||$1012 million||$16 million|
|% Students on Financial Aid||
|Avg. Financial Aid Grant||$39,700||$22,000|
|Merit Scholarships Offered||No||No|
|Application Deadline||Feb. 1||Jan. 15|
|Accepts Standardized Application||No||No|
|Director of Admissions||James F. Ventre '79|
|List of Courses Offered||Link to List of Courses|
AP / Advanced Courses
|# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered||70||16|
|Courses||A Room of Their Own: Women's Studies and Literature, A Social History of Latin America, Accelerated Advanced Chemistry, Advanced Biology, Advanced Chinese, Advanced College Chemistry, Advanced courses in painting, ceramics, drawing, photography, video, Advanced Electronic Music, Advanced Fourth-Level German, Advanced Latin Authors, Advanced Theory & Composition, Advanced Topics in French, African Literature, An Introductory Survey of African American Literature, AP AB Calculus, AP Accelerated AB Calculus, AP Accelerated BC Calculus, AP BC Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP Statistics, Applied Logic, Architecture, Asia (history), Atomic America: Service Learning, Calculus-Based Physics, California Dreaming, Chamber Music Performance Seminar, Children in Literature: Growing Up in a Changing World, Community Engagement in the City of Lawrence: We, the People (Spanish), Comparative Government, Contemporary American Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Creative Writing: Fiction, Creative Writing:Poetry, Critical Race Theory: The American Dream Deferred, Current Events and Multimedia: Approaches to the Hispanic World (Spanish), Economics Research Colloquiem, Ethics:The Environment, Foundations of Modern Physics, Haunted by Shadows:Viewing African Independence through Lens and Literature, History of Art, Honors Computer Science Seminar: Software Design; Computer Graphics; Data Structures & Algorithms, Honors Math Seminar: Differential Equations; The Genius of Euler; Bayesian Statistics, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Introduction to Hispanic Literature (Spanish), Introduction to Theory and Composition, James Joyce, Justice and Globalization, Macroeconomics and the Global Consumer, Medieval Literature, Medieval Literature, Microeconomics and the Developing World, Molecular and Cellular Biology: Indepdendent Laboratory Research, Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra, Nonviolence and Social Change, Our Americas: Crossing Borders (Spanish), Out of Tune: Music and the State in the 20th Century, Playwriting, Race and Comparative American Literatures, Religion and Pilgrimage, Shakespeare, The American Civil War, The Internet in Print, The Middle East, The World in Pieces:Poetry and Cinema of the Avant-Garde, Twentieth Century Drama, U.S. History, Understanding Latin America (Spanish), Writers in Depth|
|# Interscholastic Sports Offered||26||14|
|Sports||Ballet, Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Cycling, Dance, Diving, Fencing, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Nordic Skiing, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Water Polo, Winter Track, Wrestling|
|Total Extracurricular Organizations||176||23|
|Extracurriculars||3D Printing Club, Academy Manor Nursing Home volunteers, ActiveMinds Andover, AdoptaPlatoon, Afro-Latino-American Society (Af-Lat-Am), Alianza (Latino Student Alliance), Amnesty International Club, Andover Ambassadors, Andover Art Society, Andover Japanese Connection, Andover-Lawrence String Program, App Development, ARC Buddies, Archaeology and History Club, Architecture Club, Art Exchange, Art for Expression, Art Music Society, Asian Society, Astronomy Club, Azure, Babel Foreign Language Magazine, Backtracks Magazine, Baking Club, Ballroom Dance Society,|
|Year: 2013 - 2015||10 Most Popular College Choices (# Enrolled)|
|University of Pennsylvania||43|
|University of Chicago||34|
|Link to Matriculation Data|
- Phillips Academy, better known as Andover, is a coeducational independent boarding high school of 1,122 students. Founded in 1778, Andover is known for its extensive and rigorous academic program as well as its intentionally diverse community of teachers and students. Andover admits students on the basis of merit, talent and demonstrated potential -- regardless of their family's ability to pay full tuition. Andover's "need blind" admission policy is one of the most comprehesive and generous among secondary schools.
- School accreditations: NEASC
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